I detest them both. Yuck.
BUT, just like olives, everyone else seems to love them (particularly bacon, these days). Not that I subscribe to the “if everyone else was jumping off a bridge” adage, but I often feel like I must be missing out on something.
I’ve been viewing all of these amazingly delicious recipes on Facebook and Pinterest for banana pancakes. They really do look spectacular!
Am I right?
So, I decided to give it a try. Two ingredients – that’s it! Perfect.
Well, I cannot simply follow a “recipe” to save my life. I say, recipes “inspire” me. Those who know me well are familiar with the fact that I rarely measure any ingredients and I like to make little “Ashley adjustments.” This time, I decided that a dash of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla would really make these little cakes beyond delicious.
So, two eggs + 1 banana + cinnamon and vanilla later…
It STILL tasted just like banana! Imagine that. Gag.
Although I won the approval of my husband – first he touched my forehead to make sure I was not suffering from a fever – then he commented (after I finished, yes, I was a good girl), “I’m super proud of you.”
I must say, though, NEVER AGAIN. (Maybe…)
One more quick banana tidbit – well two, actually. I read an article last night stating that a recent study found that “eating bananas during endurance sports training proved to be more beneficial than consuming sports drinks.” Umm…they had to do a study for that? Sheesh, people. Anyway, the cyclists in the study consumed either a cup of carbohydrate drink or a 1/2 banana every 15 minutes during a simulated 3 hour race. The rest…blah, blah, blah. The part that I clung to…1/2 banana every 15 minutes for 3 hours. That is SIX bananas in 3 hours – on the bike!!!! My stomach turns at just the though. My throat grows furry….oh gross.
My second banana bite (did you get the pun?) – Bananas are the most consumed fruit in this country. We probably knew that one. But, did you know that a grocery store, specifically the downtown Portland Whole Foods Market, can sell up to 800 lbs. of bananas in a single day? Wow! This city is full of monkeys!
My next attempt at trying something new – two in one day….
BACON. Lamb Bacon!
Yes, particularly here in Portland, bacon is all the rage. It’s everywhere. Bacon soda, bacon donuts, bacon cupcakes, crispy maple bacon inside chocolate bars, baconaisse, bacon chewing gum bacon in Brussels sprouts…really? What a way to completely destroy one of my greatest delights!
As I said, though, I’m working hard at trying new things. We ventured across the bridge (or across one of the many) to the Flying Fish Company – rumored to have lamb bacon. Interesting. I’m more comfortable with lamb than pork – little lambies just seem more appealing to my insane little psyche.
Big steps for me. I was actually really looking forward to this. Red Kuri squash (soooo good), topped with crispy sauteed kale, and then a bit of lamb bacon. What could be better?
One bite later. Oh no! Something must have gone terribly wrong. SALTY!!! Darn it! Yuck. I love salt. This was more than salty. This was beyond salty. Hmmm. Oh well, I say. It was an experience – something new.
This time, I say, though, I think I’ll give it another try. That’s right, folks, this is Ashley pictured, consuming the real deal – BACON – and saying she’ll give it another go!
And, in my search for really great meat in town, I’ve become a little obsessed with pastured animals and “grass-fed.” Not obsessed with bacon yet – but I think I may be one step further based upon the above fact. Anyway, I came across this on the GrassFed Girl website. I WANT THIS!!!!
Despite a rather disappointing breakfast and another less than optimal dinner experience (although, I must say, I really enjoyed the squash and kale), this became the silver lining of it all: